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Category Archives: American slang

May 27, 2016

A potential employee’s skills can make him or her stand out among a long list of applicants. Learning a second language creates new opportunities for workers, especially in a city like New York that values diversity. Learning English as a second language or brushing up on one’s Spanish, French, or other language skills can really […]

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May 23, 2016

The English language is extremely versatile. Its versatility can be attributed to an evolutionary process that spans over one thousand years and includes many foreign words that have become part of the common vernacular. For example, you might encounter a bon vivant while dining out with a friend, have carte blanche in choosing where you’ll […]

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March 15, 2016

Idiomatic expressions in any tongue are usually so ingrained in the vocabulary that native speakers don’t think twice about their meanings and usage. However, for someone not as familiar with the language, they can be hard to grasp. Colloquialisms and idiosyncratic sayings often have archaic origins that don’t apply directly to contemporary life, rendering their […]

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August 27, 2015

If you’re looking for ways to supplement what you’re learning in your ESL courses, try music, movies, and Internet memes. Pop culture may seem silly and superficial, not to mention a time-waster for many Internet users. But as you know, people are addicted to pop culture because it is fun and entertaining, so why not […]

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August 10, 2015

English is the most widely spoken language in the U.S., but that doesn’t mean that all Americans speak the same dialect. In fact, traveling through the country can showcase vastly different phrases that may sound foreign and incomprehensible to people from different regions of the U.S. The continental U.S. may have as many as 24 […]

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May 14, 2015

Learning a second language is difficult, but mastering idioms and slang expressions can be even more challenging. For example, if someone asks you, “what’s up?” they are not talking about the sky or the ceiling. “What’s up” is an expression that means, “How are you doing?” Let’s take a look at some other common conversational […]

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February 19, 2015

New Yorkers, like residents of any other major American city, are proud of their accent and dialect. To understand the slang and accent of New Yorkers, you’ll need to really listen to their distinctive methods of English pronunciation and speech. Of course, no phrasebook or thesaurus is going to help you, so you’ll have to […]

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December 30, 2014

If you’ve already begun to learn English, you may already know that the language is used widely throughout the world. A few interesting facts and figures can help put the language’s status into perspective, showing how prevalent the study and use of English really is. Native Speakers There are approximately 380 million speakers of the […]

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October 28, 2014

American children grow up hearing idioms all their lives. Most adults take the time to explain what they mean so children can understand. After hearing these sayings so often, no one gives them a second thought. However, English idioms could easily confuse adults from abroad or international students. Just imagine the reaction of a foreign […]

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August 28, 2014

Any student who is working to learn English knows that it is a multi-faceted process. You study in the classroom, but then you put those skills to work and strive to grow them out in the real world. That might include having a part-time job, working with a volunteer organization, and interacting with both native […]

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